Creme Black Signature
Limited Black Edition Bus Compressor and Mastering
The Creme combines a passive EQ based on the Pultec principle and a high end bus compressor in a single device.
Many successful mixing engineers share one thing in common: They mix with a compressor and EQ in the master channel. The EQ is usually set to subtly boost the bass and treble, while the bus compressor compresses the sound by a couple of dB. This gives the engineer an idea of how the mix will sound after mastering, even still during in the mixing stage. It also helps in finding the right volume balance for individual sounds (especially vocals).
The Creme puts the very best of both functions into one device. The passive EQ has been reduced down to the most popular applications: Bass boost, to give greater definition to the bass, and treble boost, to give the mix the necessary shine. The boost has been made switchable to enable total recall and to reduce the boost to more appropriate levels for use on the master channel.
The placement of the EQ and compressor in the mix can also be switched.
Similarly, the Creme is suitable for use in mastering aswell.
It´s characteristic and powerful sound can bring every mix to the next level. The compressor can really work hard, giving your mix a more noticeable open and brilliant sound.
The compression is very harmonic in nature, the sound always remains transparent, and the individual instruments find their own place in the mix. The often lamentable loss of high notes in compression simply doesn’t happen here – rather, the signal sounds like it has already been fed through an exciter.
The basses sound like a unified whole and refined with lean dynamics.
The switchable high-pass filter in the side chain ensures that, when required, even heavy bass sounds don’t lead to pumping.
We chose the filter circuitry from the original Pultec for good reason, as it already made our Classic Equalizer a high-performance sound machine.
No other type of EQ manages to sound as good in almost any matter of setting. Soft and silky highs that deserve the name. A bass boost that gives the mix a solid foundation and thrust, without squashing everything into an indistinct nothingness.
We took the filter circuitry from the original Pultec and carefully updated it. Unnecessary controls have been replaced by fixed values. Similarly, unnecessary frequencies have been removed from the mix bus.
All controls have been replaced with rotary switches for greater precision. Limiting the range of settings possible to reasonably required values has made these adjustments much more precise. This gives the Creme its accurate stereo tracking features.
The result is an EQ you really have to hear. Hear it only once, and you’ll forever miss its absence. If you’ve never heard it, it’s that EQ that you’ve always been looking for.
- Passive EQ (Pultec style)
- Bass boost frequencies: 20-30-60-100+140+200 Hz
- Bass boost level: 0-5 dB switchable
- High boost frequencies: 10-12-16-18-20-24 kHz
- High boost level: 0-5 dB switchable
- Lowcut filter: 60-120 Hz
- Attack: 0,1-0,3-1-3-10-30 ms
- Release: 100-300-600 ms-1,2s-Auto
- Ratio: 1,5-2-4-10
- Stepped Potentiometers
- Freqency responce: 20 - 40.000 Hz +/- 1,5 dB
- Balanced inputs and outputs
- Internal power supply with toroidal transformer
- Height: 88,4 mm (2U), width: 483 mm, depth: 250 mm
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 40kHz
- Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu
- Input Impedance: ≥ 10kΩ
- Output Impedance: < 600 Ω
- Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu
- Dynamic Range: ≥ 110 dB
- Voltage: 230 V~/50Hz or 115V~/60Hz
- Fuse: 500mA slow-blow
- Maximum Power Consumption: < 25 W (0,01A at 230 V)
- Dimensions: 2 U, H:88.1 mm, W:483 mm, D:250 mm
Fait Albrecht, DJ Fait, Aqualoop Records
"I commissioned a mastering studio in Berlin to master one of my tracks for purposes of reflecting on my judgment and "arts".
Upon completion, I was told that the mastering was done using the Tube-Tech multiband compressor, an Avalon EQ, and the Waves BCL, and the result was quite to my liking (it sounded almost like my previously self-mastered version).
Even at this point, I was amazed at how much more open my own master created with Cream and EQP-1 sounded. Then, after figuring out that the mastering engineer had added some midrange, I did the same with the EQP-1 and then compared again.
Of course, one still sounds different from the other, but nevertheless, it is clearly noticeable how much more open, softly drawn and fluffy your blue boxes bring the sound along, I was really flabbergasted and had once again a satisfied glow in the eyes and the certainty not to have made a wrong investment."
"I have now tested the cream extensively and am really excited about what it can do!
The compressor works in every position very sound-neutral.
It is lost despite the strongest compression nothing of the spectrum, as I know with some other plug-ins.
Also very impressive is the EQ. Just a nice Pultec style EQ that never sounds aggressive no matter how wide it is ripped.
"Although the EQ is officially a shelving EQ, it behaves almost like a Bell EQ with low cut, especially in the bass range. Nice and wide and smooth.
Through this characteristic, you can boost the bass without being mashed in the sub-bass.
Also the treble band does not seem aggressive and annoying... Very pleasant and almost creamy.
Definitely better than buying 16 plugins for 99 € each, of which you then need 2."
"You guys have created a really great device with the Creme. I had a lot of fun testing it out.
The Creme welds mix together pleasantly and brings out artifacts that you just can't get out in digital mixdown.
Even with the stereo electric guitar recordings over 2 amps, it has brought the signal nicely to the front and could still be shaped a little with the EQ."
For economic and environmental reasons, we refrained from throwing away everything with the old logo. Instead, we will replace all parts and materials piece by piece. Of course, when you buy a unit, you get the same quality no matter what logo is on the outside.
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